‘Today’ Host Hoda Kotb Said She Turned Down Her 6-Year-Old’s Request To Wear A Crop Top

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“Today with Hoda & Jenna” daytime television host Hoda Kotb discussed a recent situation when she turned down her 6-year-old daughter’s request to wear a crop top shirt that would expose her midriff.

“So Haley wants to wear a mid-drift. She asked me about a mid-drift,” Kotb said, per People.

“A crop top? She said, ‘Can I wear a crop top?'” co-host Jenna Bush Hager replied. 

“She was walking down the street and she goes, ‘Hi mom,’ and she pulled [her shirt] up halfway. I go, ‘What are you doing?’ She’s like, ‘Nothing,’ and she’s giggling out of her mind,” Kotb said.

Bush Hager said all the kids are currently wearing this clothing style, which could explain why Haley wanted to follow the trend.

“It’s weird! You want your kids to feel good in your own skin, but isn’t that a weird thing?” Kotb asked.

“I said no. No, we’re not doing that,” Kotb replied when Bush Hager asked if Kotb allowed her to wear it. “You know, I often wrestle with making your kid in charge or in control and then saying no.”

“We always do the, ‘Do you want blueberries or raspberries? Do you want to wear pink or red, you pick! See, you can choose! See you have some control!’ Then I wonder, what are we doing? Even though that’s what parenting is now, sometimes you wonder if you have one choice…sometimes it has gotta be no, don’t you think?” Kotb said.

The daytime host is a mom to Haley and a 3-year-old daughter, Hope. She previously discussed going through the adoption process during a podcast interview.

“I think when you realize that that wasn’t meant for you, or you think that at least initially, it’s a terrifying part of life because you have to face it,” Kotb said of motherhood. “I remember never saying out loud that I wanted kids, never, because it was too late.”

“For girls that it’s too late for, you don’t say it because if you say it, you’re expressing something that you’re never going to get.”


“Sometimes I wonder like, ‘How did this happen? How did I get this?'” she told E News in February of motherhood. 

“I used to feel almost undeserving of it. But I don’t anymore. Something happened within me where I was like, ‘You know what, I’m worthy of these children, I’m worthy of myself. I’m enough just as I am. I will nurture and love these little girls, as long as God lets me have them for as long as I’ll be here.'”

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